A number of Turkish troops stationed at Bashiqa Camp near Mosul on Dec.
A number of Turkish troops stationed at Bashiqa Camp near Mosul on Dec. 14 were transferred to a region under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, Turkish sources told Hürriyet Daily News.
The troops left the camp on Dec. 14, and will not return to Turkey at the moment, according to sources.
The decision came after the international community put pressure on Ankara over Baghdad's harsh reaction to the deployment of Turkish soldiers in the camp.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said necessary steps have been taken for "new arragement" of troops, adding that presence would continue for military training. "We are ready for any kind of cooperation" Davutoğlu said.
Iraq appealed to the United Nations Security Council on Dec. 11 to demand an immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all Turkish troops from northern Iraq, calling Turkey's military incursion a “flagrant violation” of international law.
“We call on the Security Council to demand that Turkey withdraw its forces immediately... and not to violate Iraqi sovereignty again,” Iraqi Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said in a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, president of the Security Council, this month.
“This is considered a flagrant violation of the principles of the U.N. Charter, and a violation of Iraqi territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state of Iraq,” the letter said, according to an unofficial translation of the Arabic original.